Clarkson men off to 4-0 start in ECAC hockey play after 4-1 win at Yale
A balanced effort up front and a strong outing in the crease by sophomore Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) led to a 4-1 victory by the Clarkson University Hockey team against Yale in New Haven, CT on Saturday night.
Four different Golden Knights accounted for the goals and 10 Clarkson players recorded at least one point as the Green and Gold won their fourth straight ECAC Hockey game to open the league campaign for their best start in the conference since the 1995-96 season.Clarkson continues its seven-game road trip, traveling to Central NY next weekend to face Colgate and Cornell, before the journey over to Northern Ireland over the Thanksgiving Holiday to play in the Friendship Four Tournament.
The Knights outshot Yale (3-3-0, 3-3-0) 36-28, but Kielly had to be on top of his game as the Bulldogs had several excellent scoring opportunities to put more goals on the scoreboard at Ingalls Rink. Kielly was at his best in the first and third periods when he turned away 12 and 11 shots, respectively during his 27-save night.
Yale scored first with a goal late in the opening period with Dante Palecco getting the Bulldogs' only goal at 18:26.
The Knights answered back with four straight goals, including three less than five minutes apart early in the in middle frame, to gain the victory.
Freshman center Josh Dickinson (Georgetown, ONT) continued his hot hand, scoring his fifth goal of the season, all coming in the last four games. Dickinson one-timed a pass from freshman linemate Jack Jacome (Caledon, ONT) at 2:46 to start the Knights' scoring barrage. For Jacome, that was his seventh assist over the past four games. Senior defenseman Terrance Amorosa (Kirkland, QUE) also assisted.
Clarkson's leading scorer, sophomore Sheldon Rempal (Calgary, ALB) followed with his eighth goal of the season at 6:37, finishing off a perfect centering pass from classmate Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE). Sophomore center Nico Sturm (Augsburg, Germany) started the scoring play for his linemates.
Thirty-seven seconds later, senior Brett Gervais (Corona, CA) tallied his second of the year for a 3-1 Clarkson lead. Junior Marly Quince (Sioux Lookout, ONT) and senior captain Nic Pierog (Georgetown, ONT) set up the goal.
Clarkson added one more goal, late in the third period as Amorosa connected on the power play at 15:04. Senior blueline partner Kelly Summers (Golden Lake, ONT) and Sturm picked up the assists. That was the Knights' ninth power-play goal over the past four games.
Clarkson was perfect on the penalty-kill, shutting down all four Yale opportunities.